Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

  After our wonderful visit and walk round Isole di Brissago, we hopped on the ferry for the short trip back to Ascona on the mainland. This charming town lies adjacent to Locarno and is easily reached by car or bus in a matter of minutes but if you have more time the ferry ride …

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There are a number of cruise options on Lake Maggiore, both from the Swiss side and from the Italian southern end. Either way you can sail round the lake to your heart’s content stopping at pretty little towns, villages and islands along the way (just remember to take your passport, especially if you intend crossing …

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One of Locarno’s major attractions is the beautiful church of Madonna del Sasso, which sits majestically, if somewhat precariously, on a rocky crag overlooking the town and lake below. “Sasso” means “rock” in Italian. The church was consecrated here in 1487 at precisely the same spot where Bartolomeo d’Ivrea, a monk from the San Francesco …

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One of my favourite pastimes, whether I’m in holiday planning mode or not, is to study maps and destinations and try to work out what would be a possible itinerary for future travels! We were going to be staying a few nights in St Moritz nearly 5 years ago. To finish off our trip, I …

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